Wednesday, June 6

Armchair BEA ~ Networking

 

Armchair BEA

Today’s Topic is to:

“Share a positive "real life" experience with books! Either by way of your own partnerships in your community, a book signing you went to or possibly even a get together with fellow book bloggers. Tell us all about it!”

I live in a fairly small town in SC. We do not have any indie book stores. In fact, the only bookstore we do have is a small Books-A-Million in the mall.  They are too small to really host many events so I have not found much opportunity to network there. Luckily I do live close enough to some larger cities that I can drive to fun events!

Last year I was lucky enough to attend The Breathless Reads tour book signing featuring:

signing

Matched by Ally Condie
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
The Replacement by Brenna Yavanoff
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

It was such a fun experience! The best part was meeting other bloggers! I talked about it on twitter a ton to try and find out who else was going. I ended up knowing that Michelle from Hooked to Books was going to be there so we tweeted to each other to make sure we could meet up. I went by myself and ended up randomly sitting next to Gabrielle from Mod Podge Bookshelf! I am so glad that we started chatting and found that out!

The next event that I went to was the SC Book Festival which you can read all about Here and Here. I don’t think I mentioned it in my original post about the book festival but this was the first time I told someone my blog name and they recognized it and said they were following my blog! That was an exciting feeling!

I am making plans to get to YALLFest in Charleston SC in November!! I am going to do everything I can to make that happen even if I end up having to bring the baby with me!! I am so excited about it because I know that there are tons of other bloggers that plan to go that I really would love to meet in person!

If I have any advice for those wanting to make connections in person it is to speak up! Start telling twitter and your blog readers that you are going to be there. That way you can plan to connect if they are going to be there too! Talk to people when you get there! You never know who the person is sitting beside you!

10 comments:

  1. Since I'm moving to Atlanta, I am seriously thinking about hitting up YALLFest. It's only 3.5 hours away!

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  2. Ooh, Breathless Reads looks like it was a fun event :) And YALLFest is probably going to rock! It's awesome that you've gotten to meet and hang with other bloggers. Sometimes I look forward to that more than the actual book event, lol.

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates
    Armchair BEA Day #2

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  3. This sounds like so much fun! I will try to plan my next trip to North America around an event like this.

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  4. What an awesome event you were able to attend!

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  5. How much fun! I live in a small town as well, but we don't even have a mall (much less a bookstore in one =)

    I keep seeing YALL Fest popping up in posts and wish I could go! I hope you have a blast!

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  6. I love it when things happen close enough to go. My town has only had two that I know of (Lisa Mangum & Jessica Day George) because we're so small. Jessica came because she's from here, and Lisa also has ties. Luckily, we're getting more events in Idaho Falls, which is just half an hour away. And Salt Lake is only 3 1/2 hours. I'll totally drive that for authors and/or bloggers! Hoping to make the Dark Days Tour in July.

    I love that you got to go to Breathless Reads, and I can't wait to hear about YALLFest!

    My Story

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  7. So lucky :'(
    ...
    One day though...one day I'll meet a blogger AND an author and it'll make my entire life worth it :)
    I'm too shy though...so we'll see how it goes :D

    Here's my post on Networking for today's ABEA-> http://bookpics-reading2alba.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-lets-talk-networking.html

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  8. "You never know who the person is sitting beside you! "

    That's very true! It can hard to start up a conversation with a stranger but they may end up being someone you already know from blogging- or maybe they'll end up being someone that you would like to know.

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  9. Love those author visits!!!

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my networking post

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks

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  10. I will be at YallFest too! It's my first bookie event since I started blogging. I can't wait! Maybe we could meet up as well. :)

    Mandee @ Compelled By Words

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